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City of Phoenix Housing Department Receives Grant to Help Distressed CommunityCity of Phoenix Housing Department Receives Grant to Help Distressed Community<div class="ExternalClass3159B833327F4ECDBC29B77C62DC42B1"><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">The city of Phoenix Housing Department has been awarded $1.5 million through the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to stimulate affordable housing and economic growth in the Edison-Eastlake community.</span></p><p>The Choice Neighborhoods Planning and Action Grant will help local leaders transform the area near St. Luke's Hospital and Edison Park (18<sup>th</sup> and Van Buren streets), into mixed-income neighborhoods linking housing improvements with essential public assets and services.</p><p>"This grant will help us make profound positive changes in a neighborhood that really needs the resources," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "We're thrilled to be one of four cities in the nation to receive the maximum grant amount because it will help families in public housing better connect to services, transportation, education and jobs."</p><p>The funds will be used to improve a community with the largest concentration of public housing in the state.  The Edison-Eastlake community includes 577 aged, obsolete public housing units and more than 70 percent of the neighborhood households have extremely low incomes. </p><p>"Phoenix is honored to receive the Choice Neighborhoods Planning and Action Grant.  With the help of the Choice Neighborhoods, we will not only improve our housing, we will be able to move our community toward improving streetscapes and linking neighborhoods to employment centers and educational institutions," said Vice Mayor Kate Gallego. </p><p>This grant award also will allow the city and its partners ensure that the Edison-Eastlake community benefits, and builds on, the local transit-oriented development opportunities.</p><p>The city of Phoenix Housing Department partnered with the Arizona Department of Housing, Vitalyst Health Foundation, LISC Phoenix, Maricopa County IDA, Phoenix IDA, Gorman & Company, Phoenix Revitalization Corporation, Phoenix Elementary School District 1, Arizona State University and others to make this grant possible.</p><p>For more information about the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, visit hud.gov.</p><p>For more information about the services and programs offered by the Phoenix Housing Department, call 602-262-6794 or visit phoenix.gov/housing.  Follow us on Twitter @phxhousing.</p></div>6/29/2016 5:00:00 PMAlejandro Montiel, 602-534-3443Housing Department602-262-6794